Littleborough, Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

LITTLEBOROUGH, a parochial chapelry, in the parishand union of Rochdale, hundred of Salford, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 3½ miles northeast by east of Rochdale. The chapel, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was licensed to consecrate mass, in 1476; it was rebuilt about 1815. See Rochdale St Chad for a complete list of chapels serving the parish and area contiguous to this chapelry district.

There is a place of worship for Wesleyans, and another for Association Methodists.[1] 

Littleborough Holy Trinity is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Lancashire, created in 1745 from chapelry in Rochdale St Chad, Lancashire Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Blatchinworth, Wuerdale, Calderbrook, Chelburn, Durn, Featherstall, Gale, Laneside, Rake, Shore, Sladen, Smithy Bridge, Summit, Whitelees, and Calder Brook.

The Church of the Holy Trinity was consecrated in 1820, having been built very close to the site of the Chapel that had served the community since 1471. By 1800 the Chapel was in a very poor condition and described as dangerous. Money to build the new church was raised by public subscription.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Church records

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Bishop's transcripts for Littleborough, 1758-1844 Bishop's transcripts from the chapelry of Littleborough (Holy Trinity) in the township of Blatchinworth, parish of Rochdale, Lancashire. Lancashire Record Office: DRM/2/293-294

Baptisms, 1758-1800; burials, 1794-1800.
1545798 Item 4
Baptisms and burials, 1801-1844.
1545799 Items 1 - 2

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks Project is an excellent resource for the parish

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Rochdale Poor Law Union

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

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An extremely useful local history website for the area has information about the parish and images of memorial inscriptions of the graveyard. for information about the parish British History Online Blatchinworth


  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 101-104. Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2010.